There is an unconfirmed report that the Dominic Breazeale’s fight against Eric Molina (26-4, 19 KOs) WON’T be a final WBC heavyweight eliminator match, according to Talk Boxing. The fight will be just a regular WBC eliminator bout.
It seems that someone with the World Boxing Council made a mistake with the press release sent out this week saying that the Breazeale vs. Molina fight would be a final WBC heavyweight eliminator.
With Breazeale-Molina being just a regular eliminator, it suggests that the WBC may order a fight between the winner of this fight and #3 WBC Dillian Whyte. The WBC hasn’t said yet how they’re going to play it.
Whyte feels that he should now be Wilder’s mandatory challenger after picking up the WBC Silver heavyweight title in beating Robert Helenius last Saturday night by a 12 round unanimous decision in Cardiff, Wales. The WBC didn’t state before the Whyte-Helenius fight that this would be a final eliminator. Whyte and his promoter Eddie Hearn both talked a lot about how they believed that a win over Helenius would mean a mandatory spot.
The WBC statement in their press release this week said this about the Breazeale-Molina fightL
“This fight will be a final eliminator, a fact that adds an extra ingredient of motivation to excel, whatever the odds.”
Earlier, Hearn cast doubt on the news that Breazeale vs. Molina would be for a final WBC eliminator. Hearn said he was going to contact the WBC to clarify this. It’s possible that his e-mail or phone call may have helped spur the WBC to correct the mistake made with the press release.
“I’m the highest ranked WBC fighter outside of Wilder,” said Whyte to ESPN.co.uk. “This Breazeale vs. Molina is a terrible fight…I’m still No.1 challenger. Once Stiverne loses, I should be mandatory. The rankings will change in the next few days and I should be No.1.”
Oh my, Whyte didn’t seem to handle the news of Breazeale-Molina being the final eliminator too well. But if
If Whyte has to face the winner of the Breazeale vs. Molina fight in a final WBC title eliminator, then that’s not going to help him or his promoter Hearn. They want the title shot against Wilder straightaway on February 3rd at the O2 Arena in London. Whyte isn’t going to want to have to fight the winner of the Breazeale-Molina fight to become Wilder’s mandatory.
“I still want Wilder as my next opponent,” said Whyte. “We’ll try to get that.”
I don’t think it changes anything whether Whyte is made Wilder’s mandatory challenger or not. Whyte would still need to wait at least 1 year before the WBC will eventually order Wilder to take the fight with him. If Wilder is going to be facing Whyte in February, as Eddie Hearn wishes, he’s going to need to give him a big enough money offer to make him want to take that fight. There’s risk involved with Wilder in taking the Whyte fight. Wilder would be putting his bigger payday against Anthony Joshua at risk by taking the Whyte fight. That’s why it’s going to require that Hearn give Wilder enough money for him to accept the risk of facing Whyte.